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Desktop Performance Studio

Desktop Performance Studio
Desktop Performance Studio

SystemAtari 8-Bit
Floppy (5.25")1

Virtuoso Software

Atari 8-Bit

Release Date: 1/1/1987
Manufacturer: Virtuoso Software
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Donated By: Gregory William Crowell
Virtuoso Software's Desktop Performance Studio is the most original application for Atari XL/XE computers since Print Shop. (It does not run on 800/400 models, even those with memory upgrades.) Virtuoso's Desktop Performance Studio, which most people will probably just call "Virtuoso," propels the 8-bit Atari into the exciting new world of desktop video, which I think will be the hottest topic in computing for the next couple of years. It will replace desktop publishing as the glamour application for our post-literate generation.

Desktop video is the production of computer images that are comparable to a movie or television show. Usually this implies animation and sometimes sound. The computer, often coupled with a VCR or camcorder, offers creative potential previously unavailable. The problem has been in controlling the vast amount of information needed for this type of work. You used to need assembly language programming skills to make it work, and even then it was extremely difficult.

Virtuoso changes all that. Now any Atari user can design complex animated music videos and make them work. The amount of control over your computer which Virtuoso provides is truly astounding. Earlier programs such as the Arcade Machine, Movie Maker and Colourspace all offered interesting approaches, but none ever put it all together the way Virtuoso does.

Desktop Performance Studio Floppy (5.25")
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